Tuesday, November 10, 2009


"But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love."

1. Corinthians 13:13


"And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts..."

Romans 5:5a


"Now FAITH is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."

Hebrews 11:1

"Faith, Hope and Love!"

Meet our three primitive folk art angel stuffies: “Faith, Hope and Love!”

All three were chosen for publication in the November-December 2009 issue of Cloth•Paper•Scissors. They really do represent what we love the most in primitive folk art: simplicity, a bit of whimsy, the integration of vintage materials and “that look!”

The angels are made using transfers of vintage photographs that are ironed on to Osnaburg fabric. We love working with the nubby, coarse texture and natural color of this fabric. Osnaburg has been the fabric of choice, for years, in our cloth folk art designs and creations. After the basic body shape is cut out and machine sewn, it is then stuffed with polyester fiber-filling.
The fabric body is painted with watered-down acrylics. The photo transfer faces are hand tinted, with colored pencils After each angel is coffee-stained–– embellishments, vintage laces and details are added.
What fun, on a crisp Fall day! Daryle & Katie

Cloth•Paper•Scissors Challenge

We are honored!

Our three primitive folk art angel stuffies: “Faith, Hope and Love” can be seen in the November- December issue 27 of Cloth• Paper• Scissors on page 75.

They were chosen for publication in response to the “Winter Holiday Critter Stuffies” reader challenge. Readers of this wonderful, mixed-media magazine were invited to design original pieces that fit the criteria for this particular challenge.
Our heartfelt THANKS to the folks at Cloth•Paper•Scissors. Daryle & Katie

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Folk Art Doll

This second doll, is designed with a wooden head and will be considered for Art Doll Quarterly's Wood Doll Artist's Challenge. She has a fine crackle finish on her head, arms, and hands (which have individual fingers and opposable thumbs). I was pleased with the soft, warm finish that the antiquing process achieved.

The wooden wings were originally stenciled with a red and black checkerboard pattern. Not particularly pleased with my outcome, I sanded down most of the pattern and dry brushed over it. The wings still looked too “clean” and in a moment, without giving it a second thought; I snapped the wings in two! I then proceeded to cut out two makeshift wooden “band-aids” and carelessly nailed them in place. A bit more sanding, a splash of white paint and... Voila! Mended, well-worn wings!

Well Wishes... Daryle & Katie


Both of the folk art cage dolls are finished and have found their way to Laguna Hills, California! Now we wait... to hear from the editors of Art Doll Quarterly.

This paper clay head doll has high hopes... as she waits to hear if she will be invited to be in the premier issue of Prims, coming out in April of 2010! She holds in her hands a handmade bird's nest with three speckled blue-green eggs gently resting within. Her coffee stained hang tag reads: "Oh glorious anthem, all nature sings– resplendent like the king of kings..." Take flight... Daryle